Delta Center celebrates French connection

The Highway 66 Blues Association from Cahors, France, recently made a stop on their Delta tour in Cleveland.  The group enjoyed barbeque at Sweets and live music at Po Monkey’s with Big A and his band.  This visiting blues group was responsible for raising the money and working with the Mississippi Blues Commission to install a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker in Cahors in July.  According to the marker, French enthusiasts spurred international interest in Black American music by releasing records, arranging tours, and conducting pioneering research on jazz and blues. The Cahors Blues Festival, first staged in l982, has built upon the long tradition through its presentation of hundreds of musicians, including many from the state of Mississippi.  The Cahors marker is the second marker that is outside of the United States.  There is also a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker in Notodden, Norway.

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